If you are imagining a preschool classroom as a quiet and orderly room with the teacher dictating and the inquisitive preschoolers following her orders, it’s time to get real, because this rosy picture that we have just painted is far from what really goes inside a preschool classroom.
As a teacher, who is going to face the class environment for the first time, the experience can be really perplexing. From being bombarded with a lot of workload to addressing the behavior of the students, there is a lot you may have to go through. There are certain areas that you need to master otherwise the experience can be really challenging.
Be natural with your voice
The first thing that you need to understand is to “talk in a normal tone”. Yes, you don’t need to raise your voice in order to get the attention of the students. More often than not your pupils will inadvertently emulate your tone, so you need to avoid that semi-shouting tone. It’s important to differentiate between your tone or voice levels but that does not mean you have to raise your voice.
Using a calm voice and conversational tone is the best approach
Have an engaging lesson and teaching approach
Students enjoy sessions that they can relate to, but how many of us go the extra mile to make our lessons engaging? Here the responsibility of a teacher gets even higher, as a teacher you need to come up with an approach that can keep the students hooked with the topics. For e.g. Rather than teaching history in an old fashioned way, using role playing activities and dialogues can come in handy. In addition to these, you need to ensure that your verbal and non-verbal cues are also engaging.
Such lessons take time to be prepared but are worth the hard work.
A smile has the strength to create a comfortable and pleasant environment. It’s important for a student to feel comfortable around you, only then they will listen to you and will behave the way you like.
Create a pleasant environment.